Who doesn't know off-road cars? An off-road vehicle is a vehicle intended for driving on very steep, bumpy, and steep terrain. This car is often considered a car that can navigate gravel roads and even unpaved terrain.

Hence, off-road vehicles are used as extreme sports that are popular among automotive and extreme sports enthusiasts. This time, Qoala discusses all about offroad vehicles, from types of offroad vehicles to how to maintain them.

What is a foreign car?

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Off-road vehicles can be defined as vehicles designed for off-road use. This type of car is usually driven for adventure or to overcome difficult terrain. In Indonesia, the number of off-road car fans is huge. That's because Indonesia has a lot of terrain that will always interest off-road car enthusiasts and challenge them to conquer it. Rivers, rice fields, hills, and mountains are popular examples of terrain that transforms off-road terrain.

So what is the difference between an off-road car and a regular car? The difference between these two cars can be seen physically. One way to differentiate between an offroad car and a normal car is the size of the tires. In general, off-road tires are equipped with large tires with deep tread. This is one of the reasons why off-road vehicles are used as sports utility vehicles and even for racing.

Not only this, this car is very capable of operating in places where the roads or terrains are so steep and steep that it seems almost impossible for vehicles to pass. Since it drives on very rough terrain, the owner must be more observant and thorough in its maintenance, especially if the car is full of mud.

There are many models or off-road vehicles that can be found in Indonesia. These different types of cars always sell well in the market. There are many who buy this type of car original or direct from the manufacturer's capacity and scale, designed by factory mechanics or engineers. There are those who purposely modify or convert ordinary cars into capable off-road vehicles. Do you really have your own preference, direct manufacturer or modification?

For your information, how many types of off-road vehicles are there on the market? If you look at what kind of company brands there are, of course there are many of them. However, in general, this type of car is divided into two categories. is there anything SUV or sport utility vehicle and crossover SUV. These two categories of cars use engines or vehicles named 4 Wheel 4WD or also 4×4. However, in many other countries, there are cars with engine or 2-drive capability that are also called off-road cars. Please pay attention to the following explanation.

Sports utility vehicle or SUV

This type of car has a 4 wheel drive engine. It also has this type Land clearing Or the distance from the ground is enough. Abroad, there are SUV-type cars that sell well and are designed for off-road terrain. For example, there is the Ford Explorer, SsangYong Rexton, Land Rover Discovery and of course the Jeep Grand Cherokee. There are many accessories with latest models and designs released by companies or factories. The cars mentioned above have masculine looks and horsepower or horse power It's amazing because it's not designed for paved terrain.

Meanwhile, in Indonesia, there are several names or brands of SUV type cars. However, because the market is different, in Indonesia, this type of SUV also has several units in power. Main characteristics And of course prices are also different. There are the so-called low-end SUVs like Daihatsu Terios, Toyota Rush and recently Honda BRV. There are so called Mid SUV segment like Honda CR-V, Ford Everest, Kia Sorento, Toyota Fortuner, Chevrolet Captiva and so on. Cars in this category have the same class as EuroNCAP.

SUV crossovers

This type of car has a monocoque construction and off-road capability that is typically low compared to off-road vehicles. This car is sometimes in shape Station Wagon / Property Like the Chevrolet Equinox, Lexus RX and BMW X5. Of course, many other examples can be mentioned, especially in the new model, this crossover SUV has a very modern look. BeautifulEven more beautiful to be seen on the road or bare ground.

In Indonesia itself, there are only a few brands known for off-road vehicles. For example, there is the Toyota Land Cruiser, Suzuki Jimny and Katana as well as the Jeep CJ7. Each off-road vehicle has a unique look, specifications and strengths. Considering that the demand for this type of car varies from the upper and middle classes as well. For those in the upper echelon, off-road vehicles can be afforded with exceptional capabilities and, indeed, exorbitant prices.

Advantages of foreign cars

After you understand what an offroad vehicle is and how it differs from a regular vehicle, you should understand the benefits of the offroad vehicle itself. Among them:

Better acceleration

Off-road vehicles can also be classified as AWD or 4WD vehicles, which can accelerate better in bad weather or very cold temperatures with two-wheel drive.

More pulling power

When towing another car or Caravan In wet or steep road conditions, 4WD vehicles are more capable than conventional vehicles. Also, using an AWD or 4WD car on muddy or muddy roads will reduce the risk of skidding.

High resale value

This only works in certain countries. In some parts of the US, like Texas, or areas with harsh winters like Colorado, car buyers are willing to pay more for AWD and 4WD. In Indonesia, the demand for this type of car may be limited to areas where the infrastructure is weak but requires reliable transportation, such as mining areas outside Java and forest industries.

Tips for the best foreign cars

So what are the types of off-road vehicles? Foreign cars are divided into two types, there are SUVs (sports utility vehicles) and crossover SUVs. The SUV type is best suited for use on flat roads, while the crossover type can easily hit muddy or hard roads. These types of off-road heavy duty vehicles can be an option for adventure travel.

1. Jeep Cherokee

If we talk about Jeep, it is definitely the same with cars off road. This car has independent front and rear suspension. Therefore, driving on different terrains feels more stable. The Jeep Cherokee uses a 2.4-liter engine with a 4-wheel drive system (4WD or 4×4). This is what makes the Chevrolet Cherokee capable of handling the most extreme terrain.

This car is available with a 9-speed automatic transmission system. So the power and energy is greater. In addition, the interior of this car looks luxurious, elegant and sophisticated. There is a panoramic sunroof that allows us to enjoy the views of the sky from inside the car.

2. Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

This offroad vehicle is a double cabin type. This car has 31-inch Goodyear tires and a solid Multimatic DSSV suspension. So it can hit any road surface. The engine is equipped with a 2.8-liter turbo diesel engine that produces 181 horsepower at 3,400 rpm. Apart from the diesel engine, the Chevrolet Colorado is available in a 2,500 cc petrol engine variant.

3. Jeep Wrangler

Still from Jeep, the next models are Jeep Wrangler Sport and Winger Rubicon. Both types of cars have amazing off-road capabilities. The interior is also luxurious. This powerful capacity is due to the 3.0L V6 24-Valve VVT ​​Engine that can generate a maximum power of 230 hp.

The transmission system used is a 5-speed automatic transmission. Other features included in this car are ABS (Antilock Brake System) and Brake Assist to make driving safer.

4. Nissan Armada

The Nissan Armada is a cool SUV with better towing capacity compared to other Nissan cars. The interior is designed to be very luxurious. The kitchen of this car is also equipped with a 5.6 L direct injection gasoline V5 engine that produces a maximum power of 390 horsepower. Unfortunately, this car has not yet entered the Indonesian market.

5. Mercedes-Benz G-Class

Mercedes always manages to show the class and without exception in the offroad class. With the G-Class series, Mercedes has proven to be a strong and reliable off-road vehicle on all terrains and obstacles.

The G-Class has a history as a military vehicle that was mass marketed to meet market demand. Despite its fantastic price tag, demand for the Mercedes G-Class is still high.

One of the most powerful variants is the Mercedes G-Class AMG 63. The AMG 63 series is equipped with a 5,461 cc engine that is known for its powerful performance that produces 544 HP of power and up to 760 Nm of torque.

6. Land Rover Range Rover

This car was used by the British royal family so it is known as an aristocratic car. This car gives a luxurious feeling both inside and out. The price in Indonesia is more than 1 billion birr. This car uses an All Wheel Drive (AWD) drive system that increases traction in all conditions. Range Rover variants include HSE, Evoque, Autobiography and Velar.

7. Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro

As the name suggests, the 4Runner is meant for car users who want to go on an adventure over rough terrain. There are 3 different variants of Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro namely SR5, SR5 Premium and Limited. All variants get a 4-litre V6 engine with a 4-wheel drive system (4×4). The transmission system uses...